Have you ever tried to Paint using a mouse? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because the natural angle and pressure control is not there.
So what do you do? Many people have found success by using a graphic tablet. But there are a few things you should know before you buy one of these expensive bad boys.
This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you select the perfect tablet that will fit your needs.
I used many models of graphic tablets in my 10 years of expertise. Let me share with you my personal experience with using 4 of the best candidates I can recommend to a fellow artist.
Here is a diagram that shows the specifics of each model.
It’s very crucial that you can work comfortably in your space, that’s why the size of the tablet is important.
Cintiq 13HD is the smallest and it will fit perfectly in your computer table, you can easily use the area meant for your keyboard to set the tablet
Kamvas GT 191 and Kamvas 220 v2 is fairly similar, with Kamvas 220 v2 only a few inches bigger, so it will only go down to your budget if you are looking to buy one of these.
Cintiq 27 QHD is definitely the largest and a spare table is required to house the device. If you are working on a small studio room, I don’t recommend this even if you have enough money to splurge on the device.
Just to keep you updated, Wacom is brewing a bigger and better tablet, set to be released soon, with a whopping 32 Inches HD display.
The Pressure sensitivity of Cintiq and Kamvas might look like miles apart, but don’t worry cause I guarantee it doesn’t really matter.
Cintiq’s pressure sensitivity of 2048 is already more than enough. Anything higher than that is great, but you won’t really notice the difference.
ACCURACY OF THE PEN
As for precision I can say Wacom bags the price! Both Cintiq 13 HD and Cintiq 27 QHD have outstanding features including a tilt with an on target accuracy. As for Huion tablets, the accuracy is off because it lacks the tilt feature Wacom offers.
Huion pens when tilted, will result in the brush tip to be separated from the pen tip itself and the lines doesn’t even align to the brush tip. Not to mention the thickness of the lines are inconsistent.
Wacom pens when tilted remains in the center of the brush tip and the lines are always in line with the pen tip. The lines using a Wacom pen are also consistent in thickness.
Huions pen buttons are also not noticeable, so you end up with extra scribbles because you unknowingly pushed the button while placing your pen in position..
One more thing, the tip of Huion’s pens need to be replaced several times in 6 months, as for Wacom I only changed it once in years of usage.
In buying devices it’s important to shop around. But you might be clicking on all the wrong places. If you’re from the Philippines I highly recommend to buy from Ynzal to get the best deals. Here is the price comparison chart I made for you between Ynzal.com and the more famous store online, lazada. (Prices are from April 10th 2018 on their website.)
Let me make it clear though, I am not associated with Ynzal in any way. I just like buying from them cause it saves me a lot of money although their customer service is still in question.
WARRANTY AND SERVICES
Before I conclude the review, let me tell you about my personal experience about the warranty and service of Wacom and Huion. Both gadgets from Wacom, Cintiq 13HD / Cintiq 27 QHD, had minor problems with their products.
Cintiq 13HD needed to replace the cup at the back of the stand, It took 2 weeks to resolve the issue and I was referred back and forth between Wacom and ynzal.
Cintiq 27 QHD has a dead pixel in the middle of the screen. It’s been 6 months and I am still waiting for a replacement from Wacom. I was informed that they need to change the entire unit because they cannot repair it anymore.
On the other hand, I haven’t experienced Huion’s warranty services yet because so far both the products I got from them are in mint condition.
AND THE FINAL VERDICT?
At the end it boils down to who will use it and what to use it for. Both Huion devices are good enough for students, entry level or anyone who has a tight budget. It gets the job done with some adjustments on your part (All Huion Tabs doesn’t have a tilt feature requiring you to draw with the pen at 90 degrees angle from the surface of the tab)
Wacom Cintiq 13HD and Cintiq 27 QHD are both recommended for professionals who will use it for their projects. I know they are a bit pricey than their counterpart in Huion, but look at it as an investment.